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SF Lawyer Wants To Outlaw Oreo Cookies

A San Francisco attorney wants to outlaw the sale of Oreo cookies to children — because they contain something called trans fat. It´s the trans fat that makes the cookie crisp and the cream filling creamy. And that´s just the problem, according to lawyer Stephen Joseph. He sued last week in Marin County Superior Court after reading about the dangers of trans fat in newspaper stories.

The suit asks the court to order Kraft Foods, the parent of cookie maker Nabisco, to stop selling Oreos to California´s children because they are made with the fat. The fat is in about 40 percent of the food on grocery shelves. A branch of the National Academy of Sciences said last summer that trans fat is directly tied to heart disease and artery-clogging cholesterol.

Nabisco officials have 30 days from the May 5th filing date to respond.